First of all, just so everyone knows, this is just strictly my opinion on the matter. I’m not only coming at this from a writer/author’s standpoint, but also a reader’s standpoint. Let’s begin.
New Adult… As most of us know, this squeaky new genre was created as the solution to an over-saturated YA market and also the need to fill the gap between Teen Fiction and Adult Fiction. New Adult (NA) is classified as Fiction centering around characters’ ages 18-25 +/-.
Personally, I’ve been waiting for this genre to sprout up for a long time. I’m 21, and have always seemed to write about characters around the same age I was, but when I began surpassing my teen years I was stumped on how to classify my books. Unfortunately, even with the New Adult genre now out there, I’m still stumped at what to do.
My reasons? First off, I realized my first series “The Dark Chronicles” is actually NA instead of Ya as it centers around a girl (age 19) in her last year of high school. From the first book, I know it could probably stay in YA, but what about when she graduates and heads into a college like institution, leaving home for the first time, and having to rely on herself more than ever to get herself by safely? (I’m trying to refrain from spoilers ^_^.) By those three things right there, my series is therefore classified as New Adult.
Okay no big deal, right? Wrong, because if you go on Amazon, you’ll not find New Adult set as its own rightly deserved genre, but as a sub-genre of Romance. Sub-genre. -__-…..
That discovery made me realize that New Adult is being manipulated and bullied into being something it is not. What does everyone “know” about NA? Just think, when you hear something about NA, what do you think or picture? 20 something year old’s getting it on, right? Sexy sexy time that’s not quite 50 Shades of Grey but also a little more than what’s shown in YA.
I know there are some books out there that aren’t focused on the steamy sex and that actually talk about the hardships and different things you go through as an actual new adult. But the fact remains that the media and everyone else only seems to want to focus on the bedroom scenes. Well, I don’t like it. Where’s the NA Adventure? NA Fantasy? Horror? I mean come on, when you were 18-25+ was your life all about romance and sex? I realize some part of it focused on that, as everyone’s does, but was that it? What about the fear of living on your own? What about the struggle of working two jobs to make rent and then finding out your roommate blew their half on beer and poker? Where’s the NA story about the guy/girl across the way who always seems to be watching you? Are they just attracted to you or is it a little more than that?
Some of you, I know, will probably say I’m just bashing the sex, the erotic NA Fiction, or something to that end result. Well, you’d be wrong, because I’m not bashing anyone. You wanna read erotic fiction, go ahead. Just because I’m not into it doesn’t mean no one can be. What I’m upset about is the fact that Romance/Erotic/Sexy-sexy is what everyone seems to be trying to paint New Adult as. That’s one color people, and it already has a name; Romance, so leave it where it is. New Adult has its own coloring, and should be given the full ownership and respect as a full Genre that it rightly deserves.
I’m just one of many trying to shed light on what’s going on here.